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New Green Weddings Program Unveiled at NC Arboretum

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s one of the most treasured moments of your life. Make it more meaningful by choosing one of the most beautiful natural settings in America as your wedding site. And, make another choice-make it “green.” Extend your celebration of love for each other to the natural world by reducing your wedding event’s carbon footprint on the earth.

Located just outside Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 393, the North Carolina Arboretum is nestled in the Southern Appalachian region – one of the most botanically diverse areas in the world. With more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking and biking trails, the Arboretum shows how plants are important to our world. The Arboretum property and facilities offer excellent lessons in sustainability through its green architectural practices, sustainable garden areas, natural products, water conservation and recycling.

The Arboretum’s Green Wedding Program offers elegantly designed green buildings and lush, sustainable landscapes as sites for ceremonies and receptions. Couples will follow guidelines for using organically grown and natural products as part of their wedding and pledge to a reduce consumable products as part of their activities.

Green weddings and receptions are offered Friday-Sunday evenings after 5 pm, April – October.

For more information about the Arboretum’s Green Wedding Program, including fees and restrictions, call Cindy Blankenship at 828-665-2492, Ext. 216 or Angie Chandler, 828-665-2492, Ext. 217.

Mywedding.com Invites Asheville Wedding Vendors to Online Wedding Guide

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Couples marrying in Asheville can now use mywedding.com to easily plan their wedding.

The 63rd mywedding.com local online wedding guide launches today in Asheville, North Carolina. Following the success of the mywedding.com guides in Charlotte and Raleigh, the Asheville wedding guide is sure to please as well. Couples who plan to marry in Asheville can simply plan their wedding with the resources and tools available on mywedding.com Asheville. The mywedding.com wedding guide for Asheville offers engaged couples:

– Local Wedding Vendors

– Asheville Catering

– Asheville Reception Facilities

– Asheville Accommodations.

– Free Websites: Designer backgrounds with matching invitations. Including the new blog feature, photo sharing tool, RSVP features, and an innovative gift registry.

– Advice and Planning Tips

– Events Calendar: Couples will find bridal expos, wine tastings, cake tastings, and wedding workshops on the Asheville and surrounding areas events calendar.

“The decision to launch mywedding.com Asheville was an easy one to make after the great success of our Raleigh and Charlotte wedding guides. Asheville is a special city, full of character and personality. Home to some of the nation’s most beautiful architectural structures, including the Biltmore Estate, and also well known for its live music festivals that bring in world famous musicians, Asheville definitely deserves a spot on our wedding guide map,” says Larnie Bryant, President of Sales. “Our wedding vendors in Asheville are the best in the area. We are confident that couples planning a wedding in Asheville will find services and products using the mywedding.com Asheville guide that will exceed their personal expectations,” states Bryant.

Asheville’s Smith-McDowell Museum to Host Wedding Exhibit

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Wedding bells are ringing at Smith-McDowell House Museum. The museum’s annual Wedding Exhibit is on display now through April 30. It consists of various displays, including period wedding and bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and a trousseau. From a ca. 1822 wedding dress to early 20th century bridal gowns, these ornate displays well represent the propriety and elegance of times past.

During the 19th century, Queen Victoria displayed her power and prestige by initiating the tradition of the white wedding dress. This practice was not universally popularized until the 1950s as white wedding dresses became more affordable at this point in time. Most women found colored dresses more practical and wore whatever they had or could afford.

Smith-McDowell House Museum — recently featured on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend — is a restored circa 1840s mansion and history museum. Admission to the museum includes admission to the exhibit, which is featured throughout the museum’s seven period-decorated rooms.

Smith-McDowell House is at 283 Victoria Road on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 8-17.

The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 828-253-9231.